REVIEW: Nothing But Tea – Ding Gu Da Fang (2014)

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Tea: Green tea from Anhui province, China
Sample provided by: Nothing But Tea
Twitter: @Nothingbuttea
Facebook: Nothing But Tea
Link to Ding Gu Da Fang

Nothing But Tea recently stocked a load of new teas, and they launched a new, smart-looking online tea shop. Both are definitely worth checking out. Today I’m reviewing their new Ding Gu Da Fang, and in the following weeks I will try and report about some of their other new teas. Please keep an eye on this space! 

Dry leaf:

– The dry leaf consists of flat, slender, long leaves that are light green and yellow in colour. It looks similar to a Dragon Well

– When the dry leaf is added to warmed crockery, it gives off a sweet, nutty aroma

Infused tea:

– The tea cups out a very pale liquor (like a white tea) with a sweet, grassy aroma

– It is a medium-bodied tea that is very smooth. The flavour of the liquor is well balanced between grassy and sweet (tree fruit) notes

Tips/conclusions:

– Infuse this tea with 75C water for one minute. Increase infusion time by 30 to 45 seconds with each infusion. You will get two to four infusions with this tea

– I’m very impressed with the grassy, sweet flavour balance of this tea. I prefer it to most Dragon Wells, which can be too nutty for me. I also think this tea holds up better to multiple infusion than most Dragon Wells, making it good value

Score:

4.75/5

Retail price: 100 grams for £11.40 / 250 grams for £27.08 / 500 grams for £51.30

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About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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One Response to REVIEW: Nothing But Tea – Ding Gu Da Fang (2014)

  1. maenosen says:

    Umm, they don’t do facebook anymore. But they can be found on google plus https://plus.google.com/+NbteaCoUk/posts

    Tea sounds good. I’m still mourning the loss of rose oolong, but they are going to try and find a new supplier.

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